The days have long gone where Ace would happily sit in his pram playing with his toy arch or trusty steering wheel. Instead we have tantrums when he’s bored and desperate to get out to run around (I never thought I’d say it, but thank god for reins!!) So the days we spend together now are all designed around keeping him entertained and as toddler tantrum free as possible.
But it can be hard finding new things to do- so if you’re in the same boat, here’s a few ideas that have saved my bacon! Our top toddler and family family days out in Merseyside, Wirral and Cheshire.
Splash the cash- Activities over £15 per adult
Thanks to Chester Zoo’s vast size, (128 acres to be exact) you can easily stay all day and still not see it all! With 69 species to meet and ten different daily activities to take part in, there’s no time for them to even consider being bored.
When it’s time to burn off some energy, you can always make use of the children’s play areas, dotted around the park. And when it’s time to refuel, there’s a great variety of food on offer, plus lots of picnic spots to enjoy your lunchbox.
With entry for adults starting at £20 and three and overs at £15, it’s certainly not a cheap day out for the whole family. But there’s so much see and do for kids (and big kids) of all ages, that it actually makes for a good investment.
Blue Planet Aquarium
Located a mere stones throw from Cheshire Oaks shopping outlet, the Blue Planet Aquarium is a great place to entertain them before some retail therapy.
Babies will find the aquarium the ultimate sensory experience, school aged children will gain lots of educational knowledge on marine life and toddlers will enjoy getting up close to the glass to gaze at the fish, sharks and crabs.
Spread over two floors, with an outdoor area too, the aquarium can be explored over a matter of hours.
It’s not the cheapest of days out, at £17.33 per adult, when booked online at least an hour before your visit. But it’s a great rainy day activity.
It’s also worth noting, the £2.65 car parking fee enables you to get a free hot drink in the cafe 👍🏼
A little splurge- Activities between £5-£15 per adult
Ferry cross the Mersey, probably the most famous ferry of them all. And with a soft play centre on one side and a family friendly museum at the other, it’s an all rounder on a warm, sunny day.
A 50 minute river cruise taking in the green Wirral landscape and the iconic a Liverpool skyline, you can feel the wind in your sails on the top deck or settle in with snacks from the onboard cafe. The cruise is free for under 5’s and costs £11 per adult.
On the Wirral side, Play Port at the Seacombe terminal is a spacious soft play for £3 for 2 hours. Whilst over in the Liverpool Museum, The Little Liverpool Gallery offers 30 mins of free educational play, ideal for pre-schoolers.
A fun packed afternoon for under £15.
National Trust Formby
End the end of a row of houses, near the seafront in Formby you’ll find a hidden gem. A National Trust piece of woodland, complete with rare red squirrels and it’s own hidden beach.
Free for on foot entry, but £7.50 per car to park, it becomes exceptionally busy on sunny weekends, but is perfect for weekdays in term time.
There’s a number of trails to try in the woodlands, including the half mile circular Squirrel Park.
There’s also toilets, a coffee bar and ice cream van on site.
Saving the pennies– Activities £5 and under per adult
Nestled in Thurston’s county roads, Church Farm, is so much more than your average farm.
With a packed itinerary of activities from 11am to 3.30pm on offer, the kids won’t have a second to be bored. And if the itinerary isn’t your bag, you’ve got an indoor sandpit, pedal tractors and go karts and a plank maze to keep you occupied.
Prices vary from season to season, but in term time expect to pay £3.50-£5.00 per adult. An absolute bargain for somewhere you can explore all day, and enjoy your own home made picnic.
The Green Hut
If you live on the Wirral, you may know The Green Hut. Or like me, you might have passed it hundreds of times before and had no idea what it is.
Located on Leasowe/Moreton common just off Leasowe road, is a green hut, that’s always surrounded by dog walkers and ramblers, queuing for their chip butties and hot coffees.
But what I didn’t know until recently, is that their miniature woodland trial and outdoor games are the perfect entertainment for youngsters needing to burn off some steam whilst taking fresh air into their lungs.
Completely free (aside from your coffee/chip purchase) , it’s quickly become one of my favourite spots.
What are your favourite family friends days out?